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Safeguarding and Welfare
Everyone in football has a responsibility to make our game safe and enjoyable.
For example, if as a player you have a concern about the treatment of an under-18 player at your club, you have a duty to report it. There are various confidential ways to do this.
Find out how The FA and Huntingdonshire FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, including reporting concerns.
If you feel that an adult connected to your league or club (e.g. a referee, coach or a volunteer) is mistreating someone under the age of 18, there are various confidential ways you can report this.
By ‘mistreating’, we mean behaving towards under-18s in a physical or verbal way you believe is threatening or makes the young person feel scared or bad.
Find out more and watch a short film The FA has produced explaining how to report your concerns. Of course, everything is completely confidential.
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Registering for a Club
In accordance with FIFA Regulations, international clearance is required for any player over the age of 10 who is seeking to register for a club in England and has previously been registered for a club abroad (including the other Home Associations), or who is a foreign national seeking to register for the first time in this country.
If the player is under the age of 18, they are subject to the provisions of FIFA Article 19 (attached below). International clearance is applicable at all levels of the game and further information on how to apply for international clearance for amateur players can be found below.
If you require further information on international clearance in relation to professional players please contact The FA Player Status team.
Note: Players who need International Clearance are not permitted to play for a club until such time as formal notification has been received from The FA.
International clearance is applicable at all levels of the game. It is the registering club’s responsibility to verify a player’s registration history in order to ascertain whether international clearance may be required.
Clubs and competitions operating near the borders between England and Wales/Scotland need to be particularly cautious - a player can only play football in one country (subject to international clearance) and cannot play football in two countries on different days, under any circumstances. Further information and the application from can be found below.
INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE FOR AMATEUR PLAYERS - JUNE 2017
INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE FOR PLAYERS COMING FROM OVERSEAS - JUNE 2017
Applications for players under the age of 18 must be applied for in accordance with FIFA Article 19, which states that the international movement of players is only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. Further information and the application from can be found below.
INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE FOR AMATEUR U18S - JUNE 2017
MINOR APPLICATION FORM - JUNE 2017
FIFA has provided clarification regarding individuals arriving into the UK as asylum seekers or refugee sand wishing to register for a football Club in England.
In order for the player to be registered, special dispensation will need to be obtained from FIFA via The FA.
The Club will need to provide the following documentation to The FA who will then submit a claim for special dispensation to FIFA who will then adjudicate on a case by case basis before the decision will be relayed to the Club, via The FA. Separate provisions apply for those under the age of 18, further information and the relevant application forms can be found below.
INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE FOR ASYLUM SEEKER REFUGEE MINORS - JUNE 2017
INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE FOR ASYLUM SEEKER AND REFUGEE - JUNE 2017
MINOR APPLICATION FORM - ASYLUM SEEKER-REFUGEE - JUNE 2017
FIFA has provided clarification regarding individuals under the age of 18 (classed as a minor by FIFA) arriving into the UK as an exchange student and wishing to register for a football club in England. The FIFA exception states the requirement that “the player is an exchange student undertaking an academic programme abroad”.
FIFA require those players arriving as exchange students to fulfil certain criteria and submit relevant supporting documentation in order to be considered for clearance under this exception. Further information and the application from can be found below.
INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE FOR EXCHANGE STUDENT - JUNE 2017
MINOR APPLICATION FORM - EXCHANGE STUDENT - JUNE 2017
FULL-TIME is the easy way of managing your football leagues online. The FA is offering it free to all affiliated leagues across the country.
FULL-TIME is the only league administration package that works in conjunction with TheFA.com, your County website and Whole Game System.